Kyla Lafleur writes "Oh Bob, your arrogance squeals like nails on a chalkboard between and within the lines of almost everything you write on this blog. But we think you are great anyway.” This very much reassured me that my readers understand me.
The answer to the Pop Quiz is this: Each of us has a public face, a front, as we say, which means not only our official persona but the front of our bodies [as opposed to the back or the behind, which is private, covered up, dirty, but secretly enticing and exciting]. We try very hard to communicate the lie that this front is the real person. But we are always fascinated, when we look at other people, by what lies behind that public face, that front. Most often, the discovery of what lies behind a person’s front causes us to lower our opinion of the person, to say, disapprovingly or dismissively, “Oh, that front is not what he or she is really like.” However, with some people, to whom we accord a special or elevated status, this process of re-assessment is reversed. When we discover the secret weaknesses or foibles of someone we admire, those imperfections make him or her more human, more accessible, without lowering our opinion at all.
When I speak openly about aspects of my personality or behavior that would ordinarily be kept private so as not to incur disapproval, I am implicitly asserting that I am one of those special people whose private failings amuse us or make the person seem human. In short, my confession of envy of Rawls’ reputation is an expression of arrogance.
Well, enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think of me?